Regional Recap, July 7, 2010

| July 7, 2010 | 0 Comments

Experts: It’s Dry, But No Drought, Yet. While bone dry conditions have a lot of people wondering whether we are headed toward a drought and water use restrictions, experts said the region has plenty of water with which to work.With little rain, the grass is dormant and flowers are wilting, but those aren’t the signs of drought, according to experts.Officials with the state Department of the Environment said looking below the ground is the key.

Nursing Home Left Without A/C For Three Days. Baltimore city and state officials are looking into why little was done for residents at a city nursing home that has been without air conditioning since Friday. About 150 residents live at Ravenwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Resident Linda Whildin told 11 News it has been “so unbearably hot, I ran out of sweat.” Residents said their complaints about the lack of air conditioning fell on deaf ears.

Heat To Slow Two MARC Lines.  Officials are warning MARC riders that traffic on the Brunswick and Camden lines will be slower Tuesday due to the heat.CSX, which owns the tracks along those lines, has issued heat orders for the two lines from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.Trains on both lines will operate 20 mph under the normal maximum authorized speed but not less than 40 mph.Maryland Transit Administration officials are warning that delays could range from 10 to 15 minutes.

Prison Gang Members Face Racketeering Charges. Members of the notorious Black Guerrilla Family prison gang have been charged under a federal organized crime law. Thirteen people who authorities said are gang members had already been charged with drug conspiracy. A new indictment unsealed Tuesday charges 14 people with racketeering conspiracy, which carries a potential life sentence.Among those charged is a former correctional officer, Alicia Simmons, who’s accused of smuggling drugs, cell phones and other contraband to BGF members in Maryland prisons.

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